Four ash explosions recorded at Turrialba volcano on Sunday
Following two weeks of low activity, the Turrialba volcano, located 67 kilometers northeast of San José, on Sunday registered four explosions between 1:40 p.m. and 3:17 p.m., the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) reported.
The explosions were recorded by OVSICORI at 1:41 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:05 p.m. and 3:17 p.m. White fumaroles also were registered by webcams at Turrialba and at Irazú volcano north of Cartago.
The first explosion formed an ash plume that reached some 500 meters (some 1,600 feet) above the volcano’s summit. The other explosions also spewed vapor and ash into the air and formed fumaroles of some 300 meters (984 feet), OVSICORI reported.
“The ash column was headed northwest. Some seismic activity also was recorded following the ash emissions,” the report adds, citing volcanologists Javier Pacheco and María Martínez.
At the time, ash was visible on rooftops, windows and cars, but it mostly affected dairies and farms north of Cartago.
Last Feb. 11 columns of vapor and gas formed a 1.5-kilometer fumarole (4,900 feet).
Watch a video of the explosions as recorded by OVSICORI’s webcam:
Recommended: TIMELINE: A recent volcanic history of Costa Rica
You may be interested
FIFA president says Costa Rica could host World Cup, vows ‘never again’ to corruption scandals in soccerAFP and The Tico Times - November 19, 2019
FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Tuesday called on world football to "never again" return to the corruption scandals that shook…
Pura Vida in Costa Rica: Part 2 of 3Ed Boitano / Travel Boy - November 19, 2019
Travel writer Ed Boitano recently spent some time in Costa Rica. He chronicled his experiences at the publication Travel Boy. …
Costa Rica turns to telemedicine for patients in rural areasAlejandro Zúñiga - November 19, 2019
Trauma patients in Costa Rica can now receive care from the country's specialized doctors in San José — even if…